“Trophées de l’Aéronautique” (Aeronautic Trophies) sponsored by TBS AerospaceMBA & organized by LaTribune – Oct. 18, 2018

The main players in the aeronautical supply chain met at Aeroscopia (Aerospace Museum in Blagnac, France) for the Aeronautics Trophies, organised by @La TribuneTlse on Thursday 18 October, and sponsored as since the first edition by TBS & AerospaceMBA. This event is intended to highlight the various players in the French aeronautical supply chain, SMEs, ETIs or large groups whose diversity and dynamism are too often overshadowed by  visibility of the major manufacturers in the media.


Boris Georgelin, Master of Ceremony (& TBS Alumni) invited François Bonvalet to join him on stage and explain why TBS is sponsoring this ceremony. At the core of the school’s strategy, the Aerospace sector is crucial as key differentiator compared to competitive international business schools. The Aerospace MBA is the flagship of these activities in teaching, research and development.

François Bonvalet @F_Bonvalet highlighting the crucial role of the Aerospace sector in TBS strategy & DNA

François Bonvalet @F_Bonvalet highlighting the crucial role of the Aerospace sector in TBS strategy & DNA

A presentation of the study on “Competitiveness of European aeronautical suppliers – A comparative study France & Germany” has been first carried out as an introduction to the evening by Sébastien Maire, senior partner of Kea & Partners.

Then a round table discussion was held on the theme “From SMEs to TWAs, how to sustainably consolidate the aeronautical supply chain? It brought together Serge Bérenger (Vice-President Innovation and RT of Latécoère), Frédéric Gentilin (Vice-President of Nexteam), Alain Kerebel (CEO of Sédéméca) and Frédéric Lescure (President of Socomore and Vice-President of the Club Aéro-PME du Gifas).

During this evening, the names of the winners of the 2018 Aeronautics Trophies were announced. The jury of the Aeronautics Trophies selected, in six categories, eighteen companies and entrepreneurs reflecting the diversity of the sector in terms of activity, size and geographical location in France.

The winners of the Aeronautics Trophies are:

  • Market adaptation and supply chain structuring
    Sogeclair (Haute-Garonne) whose CEO is President of the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and President of TBS
  • Industry of the future and industrial performance
    Gillis Aéro (Tarn-et-Garonne)
  • International
    Secamic (Yvelines)
  • Innovation and technology transfer
    Solgreen2 Project (Occitania-New Aquitaine)
  • Startup
    Uwinloc (Haute-Garonne) (where a TBS Executive student, Cyril Guilbot is currently working in)
  • Manager of the Year – Award presented by François Bonvalet (Dean & Managing Director, TBS)
    Anne-Charlotte Fredenucci, President of Ametra Group (Hauts-de-Seine)
François Bonvalet (Managing Director TBS) & Nadia Pellefigue (VP Occitanie Region) awarding Anne Charlotte

François Bonvalet (Managing Director TBS) & Nadia Pellefigue (VP Occitanie Region) awarding Anne Charlotte Fredenucci

The selected candidates in each category were selected by a jury composed of leading members of aeronautics companies based mainly in the Toulouse conurbation. This year, it is composed of Corinne D’Agrain, Chairman of the Management Board of Irdi Soridec Gestion; Nicolas Bonleux, Managing Director and Chief Sales Officer of Liebherr Aerospace; Patrick Desiré, Director of Aerospace Valley; Bernard Espannet, Secretary General of the Groupe des équipements aéronautiques et de défense (GEAD) and the Gifas Aéro-PME Committee; Cédric Gautier, President of Stelia Aérospace, Didier Katzenmayer, Director of Industrial Affairs at Airbus; Bernard Keller, Vice-President of Toulouse Métropole in charge of aeronautics and airport platforms; Frédéric Lescure, President of Socomore; Philippe Robardey, CEO of Sogeclair and President of the CCI of Toulouse and Erwin Yonnet, Investment Director at ACE Management.

For this 6th edition, the Aeronautics Trophies are hosting, for the first time, a Research and Innovation area where visitors can discover the research work carried out by Isae-Supaéro. In addition, a Startup Village once again offered a dozen young aerospace companies (including our friends at Safetyn, where two Alumni from the Aerospace MBA Arnaud Mentigny and Nadège Marc work) the opportunity to present their innovations to decision-makers in the sector.

Source : Ferdinand Kerssenbrock, La Tribune, articles on Oct. 17 & Oct. 18, Pictures Ch. Bénaroya – TBS

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